Math 131 - College Algebra
Instructor: Michael Sullivan Phone: (815) 280-7706
E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Office: 06 North Campus
Office Hours: MW 7:30 am 8:00 am
MW 3:10 pm 4 pm
T 11:30 am 1:30 pm
Prerequisite: Satisfactory Placement test score or grade of C in Math 098 and Math 095 or equivalent.
Text: College Algebra Enhanced with Graphing Utilities, 5th Edition by Michael Sullivan and Michael Sullivan, III; Prentice Hall, 2009.
MyMathLab: MyMathLab Access Kit. This program generates as many homework problems as you wish. It can provide full solutions of the problem and helpful hints. There are also videos of me doing sample problems for you. This program will be used to deliver your homework. You can watch videos to help get you acclimated to MyMathLab at
The MyMathLab course ID for our class is sullivan13283
Graphing Calculator: A graphing calculator is required for the course with a TI83 Plus or TI84 Plus recommended. If you wish, you may rent a TI83 from the math department. See me if you wish to rent a TI83.
Course Description: Topics from beginning and intermediate algebra are reviewed and expanded. Additional topics are developed which will prepare the student to successfully pursue more advanced courses in mathematics: polynomial functions of higher degree, rational functions, conic sections, matrices, arithmetic and geometric progressions, mathematical induction, permutations and combinations, and the Binomial Theorem.
Topical Outline of the Course:
Linear and Quadratic Functions
Functions and Their Graphs
Polynomial and Rational Functions
Exponential and Logarithmic Functions
Systems of Equations and Inequalities
Sequences; Induction; The Binomial Theorem
Permutations and Combinations
Attendance: Attendance is absolutely essential in order to succeed in this course. Therefore, attendance will be taken daily. If a class is missed, it is your responsibility to determine the material that was covered.
MyMathLab Homework: MyMathLab is a program that contains algorithmically generated homework based on problems from the text. Here is how you should use the program:
There are a total number of 200 points available for homework. If you complete 90% of the online homework, you will receive 180 points
Exams: There will be four exams administered during the semester. Each exam is worth 100 points. If you cannot attend class the day an exam is to be administered, you must take the exam prior to the day it is scheduled. If you cannot take the exam prior to the scheduled date, then the final exam will take the place of the missed exam. In addition to chapter exams, there will also be a comprehensive final exam worth 150 points. The final exam can be used to replace your lowest test score.
All students are expected to adhere to the rules of student conduct as stated in the college catalog.
Jan 12: First Day of Classes
Jan 19: King's Birthday (H)
Feb 12: Lincoln's Birthday (H)
Feb 13: P&P Development Day, No day classes, Evening classes meet as scheduled. Week of Mar 16 20: Spring Break (classes resume Sat, Mar 21)
Apr 10 - 12: Spring Recess (H)
Week of May 11 - 15: Final Exams
May 15: Spring Commencement
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Academic Assistance: Please feel free to seek
assistance outside of classroom time.
There is free tutoring in the
Math Lab: In addition to the
Monday Friday 8:00 am 2:30 pm
Tuesday - Thursday 5:00 pm 7:30 pm
Grade Assignment: The following legend will be used to convert percentages into letter grades:
> 90% A
80 - 89% B
70 - 79% C
60 - 69% D
0 - 59% F
Tentative Schedule: The following schedule is subject to change in order to meet the needs of the class.
Week Date Week Begins Assignment
Week One 1/12 1.1 1.6
Week Two 1/19 1.7; 2.1
Week Three 1/26 2.2 2.3; 3.1 3.2
Week Four 2/2 3.3 3.5
Week Five 2/9 Review; Exam #1; 4.1 4.2
Week Six 2/16 4.3 4.5
Week Seven 2/23 5.1 5.2
Week Eight 3/2 5.3; Review; Exam #2
Week Nine 3/9 5.4 5.5
3/16 Spring Break
Week Ten 3/23 6.1 6.2
Week Eleven 3/30 6.3 6.4
Week Twelve 4/6 6.5; Review; Exam #3
Week Thirteen 4/13 6.6 6.7; 8.1 8.2
Week Fourteen 4/20 8.4
Week Fifteen 4/27 9. 1 9.3
Week Sixteen 5/4 Review; Exam #4 (12/8)
Week Seventeen 5/11 Final exam